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Becoming a Better Programmer with SAS® Enterprise Guide® 4.3

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Becoming a Better Programmer with SAS® Enterprise Guide® 4.3


Andy Ravenna, SAS Institute Inc.


Both existing and new users of SAS® are turning to SAS Enterprise Guide to write and run their code. Long-time users are accustomed to typing all their code in the Program Editor window and simply clicking Submit. New users do not have this same set of expectations and are more willing to point and click on occasion. But the truth is becoming clear; the winning programmer will be the one who has the expertise to use the best of both worlds—either coding or clicking, depending on which is more efficient for a given task.

SAS Enterprise Guide 4.3 contains new functionality that can help anyone become a better programmer. This paper addresses the all-important question: When is it appropriate to code, and when to click? The purpose here is to expose new users as well as those familiar with SAS to tips and best practices that will enable them to return to the office as better programmers


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Paper Addendum

In more recent versions of SAS I have found that sometimes I get an error message with the code in Figure 9. As a work-around, delete the



statements and the IMPORT step should then run.

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